We waited and waited, and now, after her Raleigh performance, Beyoncé has finally made an announcement regarding North Caroina’s HB 2.
There was no Duran Duran-like speech, no Boss-like boycott. Instead, in a statement posted late last night, Beyoncé endorsed Equality NC as an organization to support in the battle against HB 2. The announcement is a part of the star’s Bey GOOD operation, which encourages her fans to get involved in social justice and charitable causes.
After the organization’s discussions with Beyoncé’s organization this week, Equality NC’s executive director, Chris Sgro, responded to the statement this morning.
“It has been over a month since the passing of the worst anti-LGBT law in the nation. We are grateful and extremely humbled by the outpouring of support against this deeply discriminatory law. Beyoncé’s support is another voice in the chorus for equality,” he said. “There is only one solution. We must fully repeal HB 2. Beyoncé bringing attention to the fight for equality is a good step in that direction.””
Below is the full statement.
EQUALITY NC WORKS TO PROVE “Y’ALL MEANS ALL”
North Carolina has been drawing the attention of the masses for new legislation that blocks cities and local governments from passing anti-discrimination measures that could protect gay and transgender people.
It all began earlier this year when Charlotte passed a decree expanding North Carolina’s anti-discrimination laws allowing LGBT people protection in places of public accommodation. The ordinance, which was set to go into effect on April 1st, would allow transgender people to use the bathrooms of the gender they identify as, amongst other progressive rights.
Rather than accepting the progression in LGBT rights, that same night, legislators returned to the state house to overrule the ordinance that would ban discrimination against LGBT people. At a special session, North Carolina’s General Assembly proposed and passed the House Bill 2 (HB2) — what has now come to be known as the “Bathroom Bill.”
As The Formation World Tour makes its stop in the Tar Heel state in the midst of such a controversial time, we think it is important for us to bring attention to those who are committed to being good and carrying on the message of equality in this core of controversy.
Among the many organizations doing the good work to get this bill overturned, there is Equality NC, a local organization dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) North Carolinians.
To accomplish these goals, Equality NC tirelessly lobbies the North Carolina General Assembly, executive branch, and local governments, broadcast LGBT news, stories and content, and mobilize our communities on issues that matter, including marriage equality, parental rights, inclusive anti-bullying policies, employment discrimination, hate violence, privacy rights, sexuality education, adoption, domestic partnerships, and HIV/AIDS.
Learn more about how you can support Equality NC by donating, volunteering, becoming an ambassador, attending an event, or simply spreading the word!
Learn more about Equality NC on their website, Facebook or Twitter and shop their merch here.